AL_LOAN FL3 Computer Science and Digital Industries Access to HE OCNLR Level 3 Diploma

This course will be delivered online.

This Level 3 course is an introduction to Computing across a range of topics including Computer Hardware, Networking, CyberSecurity, Games Development, Software, Programming, Web Design, Web Development, Databases, Word Processing, Systems Analysis, Research Skills, Study Skills and Maths. The course will also help you to improve your writing, ICT and numeracy skills and give you access to a range of University courses. You will receive an Access to HE Diploma on completion of this course with a minimum of 60 credits.

Access courses are designed to enable people aged 19+ to gain a qualification which is accepted by universities as an alternative to A Levels. Access courses are delivered over one year as opposed to the two years required for A Levels. An access course is therefore ideal for anyone who left school without formal qualifications, or for people who wish to change career without having to do two years of A levels.

Course Content

Areas of study will include:

Computer Hardware & Software (incorporating CISCO Academy CISCO IT essentials)
Computer Networks (incorporating CISCO Academy CCNA Network Fundamentals)
Computer Programming and Coding
Website Design, Creation and Development
Games Development and Visual programming
Word Processing
Maths for Computing
Research Skills
Examination Skills
Career Development

Please note the November version of course has modernised content as of 2019 and is under the diploma title "Access to Higher Education Diploma: Computer Science and Digital Industries"

Mobile Apps Technology
Cyber Security
Maths Units at Level 3 and level 2
Data Design and Implementation
Games Development

Entry Requirements

For your application to be considered you must be 18 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date

You should have a grade C or above at GCSE English and Maths gained within the last five years. If you do not have this you may still apply and provide evidence of any other qualifications you have done. All applicants may also be asked to undertake a screening test in Maths and English. You should be able to write fluently and understand business materials including financial information. The November course is a more intensive programme and so has additional entry requirements and assessments to ensure the learner can cope with the pace of the course.

You will be interviewed to assess whether the course is appropriate for you. Access courses are designed for learners aged 19 and above. Learners must be aged 19 and over on the 31st August 2018.
However, we may consider applications from applicants aged 18, according to individual circumstances. In this case, you would be required to undertake a full time study programme in the same way as in a school or college setting. A study programme includes the core access qualification plus relevant work experience, tutorial sessions and enrichment activities. Younger applicants must also have achieved GCSE grade C (or grade 4) in both English Language and Maths.

First Class Requirements

Notepad, pen & folder for notes, USB stick

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance of 100% (apart from exceptional circumstances) is needed to ensure that you are able to cover all of the course content and assessment successfully.

Regular attendance is essential and will be closely monitored. Students not meeting the attendance requirement will be withdrawn from the course.

Assessment Methods

Learners will be assessed formally through coursework which will be a combination of written work, production of artefacts, presentations, projects, observations etc. This is a level 3 course and all student work is externally moderated by the relevant board.

Further Study Options

You can progress to a BSc Degree course in Computing in a range of prestigious universities including Russell Group universities. Learners have been successful in securing prestigious university places on courses such as Computer Science , CyberSecurity, Games Development, Computer Networking, Artifical Intelligence, Robotics, Software Engineering, Web Development and E-business / E-Entrepreneurship The course also gives employability skills appropriate for entry level work within an IT department as a trainee programmer, IT support technician, web designer/developer or within networking. Some students elect to go onto degree apprenticeships after the course or higher level studies such as HNC/HND. International students are encouraged to apply early.

Additional Information

As a result of the government’s closure of schools and colleges, some of our courses will be delivered through remote learning including video conferencing, (using Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our learning resource team on We are here to help you.

If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline, please email You can also make an appointment for further information or tutor approval on our Open Days.

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